Good As Gold! Integrity
Good as gold. A fitting way to define two fellows who work for a HVAC company in Sacrament, California. It made me smile outside and inward to read the news clip. This is the the story:
Really? How many people do things like this, these days? More than we imagine, perhaps.
The really cool thing is that this isn’t the first time the Clark and Rush Company has found money – and given it to its rightful owners. Yay!
If you have integrity, nothing else matters; If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.
(Attributed to Alan Simpson) Thanks, Mr. Simpson!
My parents taught me about honesty and integrity. The old fashioned way. My dad’s take was:
You do it because it’s right. You do it because even when you think no one’s watching, they may be.
They taught that we do right because we get what we’re asking for – it was the Christian attitude of creating good karma.
[That intimidated me as a child – because I was sure mom had eyes in the back of her head, and dad would occasionally – when I needed it- have me find my own little switch with which he would smack my legs once or twice.]
Confession time: Once, I was at the corner drug store, maybe at the age of five or six. Short story – I stuck a tootsie roll pop in my pocket, in a rush of daring and desire. Then I panicked, but thought I’d get caught when trying to put it back. So, I ran home with the candy. Even though we were about as poor as church mice, I would never have been able to eat that thing. There was too much trauma attached to my having done such a dastardly deed.
Now the question became- do I tell mom and dad? Or throw that tootsie roll pop away?
I told my parents.
You know the rest… Despite my cries and embarrassment, I was marched back down to the drug store. I handed the candy back to the fellow behind the counter, with apologies and many humiliating tears. My parents expressed joy in my Doing the Right Thing, and Making Amends. At the time? It felt like utter shame. Shortly thereafter, though? Sheer freedom and joy, having that weight off my little shoulders.
Thank you, Mom and Dad! I guarantee you that I never took anything else. They taught me about honesty and integrity in other (less humiliating, more pleasant) ways, too. Mostly by their example.
An old French proverb goes like this:
There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
Beautiful lesson in a few words, isn’t it?!
Any of you who live close by the Sacramento area? Seems like this company is a real Go-To one. Honesty and integrity. Two good values. Two good workers. Good examples. Real goodness.
And goodness matters!